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About me,  My two cents on chicken poop..........

The value in raising your own poultry is undeniable. Chickens are just plain fun to watch!  I guarantee you that if you take a few minutes in the afternoon to sit out on your lawn chair and watch those little ladies dashing around your yard you'll forget you ever had a care in the world.  Backyard chickens are the best stress relievers in the world.  They also are a great way to meet your neighbors. Or as a matter of fact anyone else.  As soon as people see you have chickens the conversation starts.  “I've always wanted to raise chicken, too”!  “Look how cute they are!” “How many eggs are you getting?”  And so on and so on and they may even get some yard eggs out of the deal. Chickens also eat bugs.  Now that might not sound so appetizing to you but they help keep down mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, crickets and other assorted creepy-buggies.  They also go after your garden pests like grubs and earwigs. While they're scratching around looking for those bugs they're aerating your soil and breaking up larger pieces of vegetation to help the decomposition process along. Because backyard chickens eat all those bugs their eggs are loaded with proteins and nutrients that you definitely don't get with store bought eggs.  Once you eat an egg from a yard bird you'll never eat store bought again.  The yolks are a brighter yellow/orange color and much firmer.  And because backyard chickens aren't raised on a bland diet of corn mash, their eggs are much tastier. Oh, and there's chicken poop.  Yes, chickens do poop.  And if you don't clean up the coop occasionally you're going to have a smelly mess on your hands.  But chicken poop is full of nutrients so...  clean out that coop and use it for garden fertilizer! I give it to my friends for their gardens too. There is an increasingly popular movement in this country to become self-sufficient and “Go Green”.  That doesn't only refer to energy consumption.  It includes things like growing your own vegetables and fruits.  Producing whatever you can at home.  In the end, it does lead back to energy consumption in that the more we produce ourselves the less has to be transported around the country. I say hip hip hooray for chickens.

Native American Code of Ethics

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.